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      Irimi Training
      "Irimi" or "entering" is primarily used and studied in aikido, though other martial arts use similar concepts.
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      Defense Against Club, Stick or Baseball Bat - Krav Maga Technique
      This video looks at how to defend against an attacker armed with a baseball bat, stick, etc.

      How does your martial arts school teach to defend against these types of attacks?

      Will
      Black Belt Wiki
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      MMA vs Thai Chi (sort of)
      Here is a video that has apparently gone viral in China showing what happens when a 'self styled' Tai Chi 'master' comes up against years of dedicated MA training http://shanghaiist.com/2017/04/28/mma-vs-tai-chi.php
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        Christopher Adamchek Haha
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        James Lol. To be fair this could have happened regardless of style but reminds me I recently met a couple in their 60's. My martial arts came up in conversation and the fact that I am not yet a black belt. The gentleman i was speaking to with all seriousness informed me that his wife isca black sash in tai chi so i have a while to go before i could take her on. Rather than challenge her to a fight to the death i simply smiled and agreed that i had met more than my match 😅
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      Who can punch faster than Bruce Lee
      Interesting video regarding the speed of Bruce Lee's punches and comparing him to fast punching people nowadays.
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      Martial Arts Burnout & Recovering Lost Students
      We have talked about martial arts "burnout". This is when a student take an extended break or leaves martial arts entirely due to work/family problems, issues with time commitment, injuries or a wide variety of other causes.

      How does your school deal with students taking an extended break from training and how does your school eventually recover these students?

      Will
      Black Belt Wiki
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        Joe Bramblett Discourage less important activities like jobs, school or families.
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        Hermit I'm in small town, so you end up seeing them around most times. Some come back and the break did them good, some never come back. You can sometime see it in the student before they go, you know as soon as you hear them talking about a break that they won't be back. Try to keep a friendly relationship if you see them around, but don't talk about the club everytime you see them, we love to talk about our passion, but can seem pushy to other!
        On that note one thing that doesn't hurt is a summer break or a xmas break. As much as we all "should" practice over these times, sometimes it's just needed some time away to remember why you love to do these crazy things we do lol.
        My family has gotten totally immersed in our club, my son joined, I lasted 2 weeks on the sidelines then I had to get back into it (after about 20 yrs). My wife then started helping with the ofc, which she pretty much runs now, and she just got her yellow belt (she's been through some shoulder injuries and surgeries, so she has been limited off the mats until recently) so after running all through last summer (club shut down the summer before) with the exception of 2 weeks we were gone and 2 weeks at xmas, we're going on sometime like 19 months straight, and my son's really starting to hit that wall were he needs a break, can't blame him he's been a really good sport about it ! So it's time for a summer break! I said I wasn't practicing or teaching over the summer so the owner agreed to closing for the summer, just gonna run a couple self defence classes, maybe.. Gotta avoid getting summer gut, but gonna enjoy some free time!! and knowing me I'll be stircrazy to get back to it by sept, but hopefully it puts a bit more spark to my little guy, (not like he isn't gonna come flying at me with a sidekick everyday in the backyard anyway! lol).
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        Guillaume Chan Does being friend with them and regularly checking how they are doing count ?

        This is a tough issue. I would say that using social medias to keep contact with them is a good start and posting good content such as martial arts videos or technique demonstrations might keep them motivated.

        Not an answer but your topic makes me think of another close issue that would be interesting too. I do you make sure that your students who has been injured don't come back too soon with the risk of worsening their injury ?


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      What movie inspired you to start your martial arts training?
      I was inspired by many movies (i.e. Bruce Lee, etc.). However, the ones that really stick in my mind are the Seven Samurai and some of the old dubbed Kung Fu movies (esp. the movies with Gordon Liu).

      As a kid, I always loved martial arts movies where it was good fighting evil and where hardwork & dedication overcame training difficulties.

      Will
      Black Belt Wiki
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        Lil Sarnt It wasn't a movie that inspired me initially. My first inspiration was the old TV show "Kung Fu." I used to watch this as a child and then go outside and reenact the episodes. I was a strange little kid.
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        Will - Black Belt Wiki Karate cowboy? Far off. Billy Jack was a Hapkido expert and of Navaho indian background! :)

        Will
        Black Belt Wiki
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        Barry Whisnant Billy Jack had to be my favorite and my first inspiration. I'm of Indian descent and btw, I have the box set.
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      Should martial arts instructors know CPR & first aid?
      When you combine out-of-shape middle aged adults and vigorous martial arts training, you have the potential for medical emergencies.

      Do your instructors know CPR & first aid? Or should they only know how to call 911? Does your school train for medical emergencies (i.e. heart attack, broken bones, serious bleeding, etc.)?

      Related question - How has your school dealt with medical emergencies in the past?

      Will
      Black Belt Wiki
      http://www.blackbeltwiki.com
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        Trent Zelazny Taking a CPR class next week, actually. Everyone should probably know, in life in general, but especially when it involves anything physically active. I wish I had done it ages ago. Better late than never, I guess.
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        Tirang R. Neyestani Hi there,
        I'm a clinician and my specialty is clinical nutrition. Knowing CPR and first aids could work for every body, let alone a martial artist. I have seen some cases of nasal fracture which were handled quite unnecessarily painfully by a karate instructor who knew nothing about the bones and fractures!
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        Joe Bramblett Really, everybody should know basic first aid by the time they're out of high school. At least enough to know not to move the patient unnecessarily, basics of how to minimize risk if they must be moved, controlling severe bleeding, etc. (Theoretically, splinting and such would be good to learn, but for the most part, if you've got to move the patient, it's because there's an immediate deadly hazard and you don't have time for much prep. That would be more for backcountry activities where the patient is going to be assisted or carried some distance anyway. In the dojo, we can work around them until the cleanup crew shows up.)
        I'll appreciate you calling 911 and praying until the ambulance shows up, but I'd really feel better in a world where 80-90% of the people knew how to do the above too.
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      New Wiki Members - Please Say Hello
      New Wiki Members - Please use this section to say hello to the community.

      We know that some new members can be a little intimidated if they have to start right off the bat by adding anything to an existing martial arts topic. Therefore, this section was designed to break the ice by allowing new members to leave a quick and/or short "hello" message. It was also meant as a way to help new members to become comfortable with the community's posting & commenting system before they attempt to add anything to the other topics.

      We have turned this post into a permanent section on the top tool bar of the wiki community. Hopefully, it will be a place where new members can feel comfortable introducing themselves to the community (versus having to jump straight into a martial arts discussion or posting a hello randomly on a non-related martial arts topic).

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      Saying hello also saves you from becoming a hidden "lurker" who does not take full advantage of this friendly martial arts community. Everyone here wants to help you improve or to learn from your experience. FYI - Most if not all of the top-rated posts are still open for comments & replies.

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        Maryse Duchaussoy Hello everyone, I newly started kyokushin and needed some writing info that your site so kindly provide. I doubt I will be posting a lot as I am a novice on the topic, but I am looking forward to reading what you all have to say.
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        MSGDOC Greetings....I am on active duty with the Army. Been in for 28 years as a Medic. I have trained in traditional Karate, Kenpo and Tae Kwon Do for the past 40 years. For the last 2 years, my interest is training with a cane. I look forward to reading your posts, advice and tips. "Networking" with people sharing your values, interests and passion is an invaluable tool.
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        Paul Hankle Hello, I have been studying Chito Ryu Karate-do for nearly 5 years, recently attaining Ni Kyu rank. I will be 50 this year, and I find that karate has improved my flexibility, decreased my pain following back surgery, and is a great stress relief. This is in addition to all of the traditional benefits associated with the martial arts. Cheers!
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      Martial Arts Humor & Jokes
      Thought it would be really great to get some martial arts jokes to tell in class to break the ice with my young and new students in autumn, if you know of any jokes or humourous anecdotes that can appeal in a class, but still not let it descend into anarchy, I'd love to hear them.
      Let my kick off:
      "How many karate instructors does it take to change a lightbulb?"

      "100! One to change the bulb and 99 to say it would not work on the street!"
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        Andy So this guy walks into a bar.... Ok you can let him go now
        [176815,Alex] :)
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        Al W A Texas cowboy walks into a dojo thinking it’s a bar. Upon entering he says, “Well hell I thought this was a bar not a dance class.” This upsets the Sensei who approaches the cowboy and replies, “This is no dance class, this is martial arts dojo!” Then he politely bows to the cowboy. He then takes a stance and throws a sidekick, stopping 2” from the cowboy’s nose and says, “That was side kick from Tae Kwon Do. Then politely bows again. He then throws a lighting fast palm heal strike, again stopping 2” from the cowboy’s nose and says, “That was Tiger Palm from Chinese Boxing, “ and again politely bows. After which there is a loud “PRRINGGG!” The students stare in awe as their Sensei is out cold on the floor. Then the Texas cowboy says, Tell that guy when he wakes up… that was a crow bar from Home Depot.
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        Al W My cousin was an incredibly tough man. He was a karate black belt who eventually joined the army. Sadly the first time he saluted he killed himself.
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      Tiger Balm & Andy
      In honor of Andy, I have just now added Tiger Balm to the community store :) - http://community.blackbeltwiki.com/store

      Of course, we are still waiting for Tiger Balm to make [171807,Andy] an official spokesperson!

      Will
      Black Belt Wiki
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        Andy [171668,Black Belt Wiki], just had a look at the Chuck 'facts' :),did you know that when Chuck Norris was born he slapped the midwife and made HER cry? :)
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        Rachel DS [171807,Andy] tiger balm fixed my sore arm....that was good.....commend from kids' vacation care teacher when I dropped them off (freshly balmed for the day) - "you smell really good"......priceless.....So not only is it good for healing all ills it is apparently a good substitute for body spray / aftershave / perfume (insert name of favourite smelly product).....lol
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        Rachel DS I think the first time I came across TB was in thailand. They put it on everything.....I am allergic to bee stings (ie difficulty breathing and lots of swelling etc) and we were on tour when a bee flew into our song tau and stung me on the arm - the tour leader put some on the sting and I got an icepack at the next town but we were miles from doctors / hospitals....between the tiger balm, a compression sock and some ventolin and antihistamines I managed to stay out of hospital!

        Incidentally [171807,Andy] the placebo effect is bone fide. I will have to find the study I just read on it. (This was applicable to reiki etc I think as opposed to TB but it would flow on to anything).

        I am going to put some TB on my arm in a tic (currently on ice) - practising bunkai with a partner tonight who got a little over zealous when I told him to do it harder......hopefully better by Sunday as that is the tourney.....:S I have 2 more training sessions and some work with my real bunkai partner to go before then too.
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      A Karate Guy Never Gives Up
      An off shoot of Any inquiring about dropping out and having the natural spirit for martial arts. My nephew recently started taking classes (he is 4 years old) i was play sparing with him after class and gave up to fighting him and he told me "A karate guy never gives up" , it was adorable.

      Its all about spirit, he will most likely make this an important part of his life, im eager to see him grow in it.
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        Andy Here's another story about not giving up, 16 years ago i got my lower right leg crushed between 2 forklift trucks in an accident at work. The doctors said I would be lucky to walk properly again and to forget martial arts. I ended up with titanium screws in both sides of my ankle and a titanium plate grafted to the lower part of my right fibula, I was on crutches for the best part of a year. I still carried on practicing as well as I could and when I was undergoing physio therapy during my recovery the physio therapist informed me that I still had a better degree of pantoflection (whatever that means lol) than most other people and asked me if I practiced Ballet!!!! Look at my profile pic can you picture me in a tutu (don't answer that lol). Anyway I made a full recovery, have full mobility and can still perform full force kicks with my right leg (even though the doctors have advised me not to lol).
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        Andy Thanks for that Rachel that explains why I haven't been able to find any reference to what my physio therapist was talking about lol, oh and I think I'll stick to cross training as opposed to cross dressing. :)
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        Andy Chris that is great! :)
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      Positives AND negatives for new martial arts students over 60?
      Since we have a good number of "mature" :) martial arts students & instructors on this site, I thought you might like to share some of your knowledge & give some advice. What would you tell to a person who was over 60 and thinking about joining a martial arts school? What positives & negatives would you discuss? What have you discovered being a 60+ year old martial artist? What advice would you give so they could get the most out of the training and avoid common training pitfalls for older students?

      What are your thoughts on injuries? Flexibility requirements? Balance? Keeping up with younger members? Strength improvements? Mental benefits? Other issues specific to older martial arts students?

      In addition, based on your experience, how does a new 60+ year old martial arts student differ from a new middle aged 40+ year old student? Would you give vastly different advice to these two student groups?

      Will
      Black Belt Wiki
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        Graeme Reay I've just done my returned to kyokushin karate as an almost 60 year old (March) returning after a gap of 8 years. I had reached 1st Dan when I stopped, due to a non-karate related serious back injury and a job change that meant I was then commuting 4 hours a day making it almost impossible to get to training sessions. I have a few initial observations to perhaps complement whats been said already:

        - Muscle memory stay with you for a lot longer than you might expect. Though I absolutely murdered the katas we ran through this week they are defintiely still inside me somewhere! A bit of solid application and practice will help to get them out

        - There is no substitute for good old solid repetition (see above) to help build technique but being that bit older maybe helps you use your brian more efficiently to break things down and get them right. Unlike some of the younger karateka who rush offf all flailing armsd and legs, impressing themselves with their own flexibility and speed but never quite nailing things properly. In a kata an averagely executed bloick, kick or punch is still average, no matter how fast you can do it. And accuracy and power can often trump speed

        - Like being a total beginner again, the hardest step is the one that takes you into the dojo, either for the first time or as a returner. Once you have made ithat step, things will get easier

        - While away from karate, not only did I lose physical strength, power and flexibility I lost mental strength and robustness too. It took me years to realise this. Already I can feel mental strength returning and this will help me greatly in my work and personal life. I value this as much or even more than the (slow) inprovements I am seeing in my physical capabilities

        - Have realistic expectations and set yourself small, incremental short-term goals. Acheiving them spurs you on. Failing to hit a major less realsistic goal might demoralsie you so much you give up

        - Work with what you have got and adapt. At 17 stone (240lbs 109kg) I am 2 stones heavier than I was whem I reached 1st Dan and it isnt going to disappear any time soon. Ok, I'm not as flexible as I was and sparring with lithe young kickers is a challenge but getting up closer to stop them dictating things and let me use MY approach, weight and techniques gives them something to think about

        - The 3 day rule still seems to apply. Train on Wednesday, ache on Thursday, hurt on Friday, raring to go again on Saturday!!

        To anyone of a similar age who is thinking of starting karate or returning after a long lay off all I can really say is, please give it a try. Don't let a number on a page be a barrier. Of course be sensible and careful, and get checked out medically beforehand if you have any concerns. The rewards will be fantastic and you will also meet some great people. The bonds you build can last for life
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        Graeme Reay Kyokushin dojo sparring this week. Now I can't tell whether my thighs are hurting because of trying to bunny hop up the dojo or from kicks during sparring. Both is suspect! But do you know what? I feel great. Alive! Only been a few weeks since I can back to training after a 7 year break but can already see and feel the difference it had made to both my fitness and confidence
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        David St. John 59 years old and returning to Shotokan Karate after 25 years. Stretch and stretch some more. Try not to let your brain try to tell your body to do what it could do 25 years ago.! Take it slow and have an understanding Sensei. Do what you can how you can.
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      Online instruction... where do we draw the line?
      With a few of the posts recently, I have been thinking what impact/role should the internet have in the expansion of martial arts.

      The way I see it, YouTube instructors aren't much different than the VCR sense's of the 80's. They demonstrate the movements, teach the terminology, and can reach far more people than at a physical location. The obvious limitations of VCR instruction is that although we can pause and rewind the tape, we can never get any more than what was recorded. We will never get feedback on how we are performing the techniques, we will never be able to ask questions or get further clarification. None of the concepts will ever be expanded upon (unless a new volume is released).

      YouTube has the benefit of being a living medium where comments can be made, questions added, and new content provided. However, the creators of videos in the 80's were highly reputable masters of their own style whereas literally anyone can be on YouTube. I have seen plenty of videos of alleged "masters" who were obvious frauds and people who claimed they can do "no touch knockouts". On the other hand, there are plenty of legitimate videos out there, like Sensei Ando and Karate Culture.

      So, my question for you is what is Ok to teach via YouTube, what kind of things should only be taught one-on-one and what is toeing the line? Should there be expectation for instructors to show their credentials in their videos or on their site? How should the Internet (YouTube and social media) be leveraged to promote a dojo?
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        Andy Completely agree with all posts on this thread! I would also add that without other trained personnel to spar against and learn with (and from) then you have absolutely no idea as to whether what you have learned via video is effective or not (and a genuine situation is certainly not the place to suddenly realise that your 'become a 12th dan Ninja in 6 months video' was complete horsecrap!
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        Will - Black Belt Wiki Personally, I think that online videos should only be used to reinforce what you have already learned (i.e. remind you of the steps in a particular kata) or to show to new techniques that you might want to practice with a trained martial arts instructor (as you need a live partner to learn how to apply a technique, a trained instructor to avoid injuries, a trained instructor to correct any mistakes, etc.).

        You see lots of schools starting to put out videos because they think the videos will help them to attract new students and will help to boost the credentials of the school & instructors.

        Will
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        Al W I use the interwebs to look at Kata, I learn it and then ask my instructor to help me iron out the kinks
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      Are martial arts movies good or bad for martial arts?
      Did you get sucked into martial arts after you had seen Bruce Lee fight his way upstairs the pagoda in “Game of Death”? Good, and you are certainly not the only one! But are martial arts movies actually good or bad for martial arts? Martial arts movies have undoubtedly been pivotal in popularizing once obscure, only regionally known self-defense systems. However, what is shown of these arts on the screen are (for the most part) flashy, heavily choreographed fighting scenes that bear little resemblance to the kind of real life combat that these systems were originally developed for (Bruce Lee himself once mentioned that that for his movies he preferred flashier over less flashy but more effective techniques). So, have martial arts movies shaped the way martial arts are perceived and through this corrupted them?
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        PAUL (paldo) REYNOLDS GOOD for martial arts!, I believe karate movies plays as a good marketing tool for interest and recruitment for those who have the desire to join a real karate class. Movies do motivate and create excitement, as most people realize that karate moves are rehearsed and is part of the fantasy world. Moreover, the moves had to be practiced by real karate individualists to make it into entertainment, so quality karate movements are recognized by those individualists. Even as a student of the arts; old karate movies provide a theme for entertainment and even a cultural lesson from the ancient times, and to some other karate-ka, it provides the technical expertise and meaning of techniques, that educates the practioner and practicing karate judges in identifying point contacts in there fight scenes. I do agree on the other hand, that karate movies can be sinuous, and they do shape the martial arts to a false-hood in real life. Today, the opinions of Internet karate junkies have no basis of professional karate degrees and experiences, that only confuse the young practicing karate-ka as they strive towards their karate journey. The only good measurement of this practice comes from the real experienced karate-ka to realize that, comparison of karate styles is controversal and has no relevance to one's karate development. In that, real life karate is a serious dedicated development, while movies are what they are, just movies for entertainment which causes karate enthusiasm!
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        Ray I am still asked when the spinning back jump flip kick with ninja stars and smoke will be taught.

        The other day I was closing down the gym when I was seriously asked. " how long till I can be like the guy from enter the badlands?" This was asked by an adult.

        I was once asked if I could get the instructor to skip all the "fluff training" and move on to the real ninja stuff.

        Calling the movies the gate way drug is puting it mildly
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        Al W Martial Arts in movies and tv shows could be considered the "Gateway Drug" for kids. They see famous MA practitioners perform flash moves and think "Wow I want to do that".

        As [171668,Will - Black Belt Wiki] said, without movies the MA community would be very small.
        On the plus side there would be less McDojos
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      How to be better fighter than a UFC or MMA fighter?
      Was training in a park recently with more experienced friend

      A passerby walked up and said that we looked good but asked if it could beat an MMA fighter. Before i could say anything my friend spoke up.

      "Absolutely....UFC has 31 rules - i have none. I would break every rule there is and probably a few they didnt even think to make."

      It was a great response!
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        Bobby McFarlane HAHA. As the "arrogant" guy who is being quoted in the original post (thanks for the undo praise Chris) I feel I should throw in my two cents. Because it is easy and even understandable to make assumptions about me and my philosophy when everyone fills in the blanks around one phrase I spoke. Everyone here is making good points. The question asked was in the context of, is it possible for you, a more traditional martial artist, to beat a professional. This is usually and in this case asked in a out of the ring self defense context. Not "can you personally beat any given MMA fighter I put in front of you right now?" And not "Will you beat an MMA fighter?" It would be bold to assume I could beat any given person without some information on the scenario. and even then "shit happens" is a real possibility... I could lose to a ten year old girl with a well placed even accidental strike. Likely? no. But possible. ... Let me deconstruct the biggest points here to explain my answer a bit more.

        "There is no saying an MMA fighter wont fight dirty."
        Totally true but not substantial. I train in a traditional combative art that looks for dirty fighting and aims to defend dirty fighting as well as use it. Fool proof? No... but the reason I say I will break their rules first, is because they usually don't train to defend those things because it would be a waste of training time for them. If you end up in a fight with a Pro boxer I would expect you would not go toe to toe with boxing techniques... kick him in the shin, the groin, wrap him up and grapple with him and he is going to have a lot more trouble with you. Many MMA techniques are built to be somewhat air tight... IF certain rules protect them. This is not exclusive to MMA its true in every martial art mine included. Techniques outside our wheelhouse are dangerous. An MMA rear naked choke is devastating and I challenge you to tell me how you would get out of it in the ring. Put an MMA fighter in a rear naked, cinch it in nice and tight and correctly and ask him to get out for the sake of his life before he passes out... and watch him struggle to get his chin down push your arm up wiggle etc... it wont work. Drive a thumb deep through his eye ball (yes this takes practice but yes I have practice), he will go. Sand in the eyes, clawing, kicking while they are down, weapons... Pro fighters don't usually train these things. Does that make me a better fighter? Heck No. MMA fighters are amazing fighters and athletes. Is it POSSIBLE to beat them in a fight? yep, start by breaking their rules and being a trained fighter yourself. True of any martial art or sport art.

        Comparing Martial arts as better or worse is foolish in most cases. You can train MMA 6 days a week and never fully pressure test your skills and end up a less effective fighter. You can ALSO train at a McDojo two nights a week and go home and work your butt off to understand the art, pressure test your skills in a safe environment, study the details, work through drills and become an excellent fighter out of a McDojo. VERY few fights ever really come down to my art is better than yours, that's the stuff of movies and video games. A real fight is too complex to fully calculate... it is one person vs another in one situation vs another with whatever level of awareness and readiness they have going for them THAT DAY. We train with the goal of our worst day being better than our opponents best day but that is not always the cards we are dealt. In any fight you should avoid the fight first because you likely have NO IDEA how it will go... if you end up in a fight you do your best with what you have but you better believe the more good training you have, the more likely it will be POSSIBLE to overcome your opponent whether they are an MMA fighter or an untrained child. Never underestimate your opponent...

        Side note... Yeah I know its the internet but don't ASSUME that everyone who says anything that you disagree with out of context is untrained, inexperienced, arrogant, or even being fully understood. They probably aren't... but maybe they are :P
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        Al W UFC/MMA shouldn't be the standard to which all MA are judged against.
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        James I agree broadly with both. One of the problems is that many of the techniques that are outide the rulebook either are very very difficult to land on a trained fighter or simply arent as effective as we'd like to believe.for example trying to get s thumb in the eye of a trained fighter is easier said than done and even if you get there as unpleasant as it may be its not a fight ender on its own. Strikes to the groin can take several seconds for the pain to register and can be fought through. The reality is that most of the fight ending knock out stuff is trained in by UFC guys every day and as [171807,Andy] says the key is to be as strong, fast and conditioned as they are as well as having a variety of interesting techniques to give you an exrra advantage.
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      Is boxing a martial art?
      Is boxing considered to be a martial art by traditional martial artists?
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        Rob Wallace The sweet science, I would say definitely yes.....perhaps not in the traditional sense... but I would say fits all the markers of a martial art.
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        Luke I would say yes and no. It is one in its own right, but it mainly has a sport focus. Doesn't mean you cant beat the crap out of someone or that it doesn't install disipline, respect or fitness. Its kind of good for aggression building actually and the tangent is stopping.
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        Rhett Keiser Boxing is the U.S. version of martial arts.
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      Happy Birthday Blackbelt Wiki Community!
      Yes we are now officially 1 year old! First of all a big thank you to @Will - Black
      Belt Wiki for creating this community out of the ashes of the old black belt wiki message boards! I personally believe that this community is the best place currently available on the Internet for fellow martial artists to meet, discuss MA topics and interact in a safe and no
      BS environment. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate ALL fellow members for their contributions and for making my job as a community moderator so easy! Looking back over the past year it is perhaps ironic that I (as a moderator) have probably been the worst behaved on here (except for
      [172080,Rachel DS] who should be ashamed of herself for being such a bad influence and leading me astray on so many occasions)! :)
      My only wish is that more of our 300+ members would get involved and post something (anything!!! Lol). May our community continue to go from strength to strength (quick pass the barf bag!) and continue for many more years to come!
      I would also like to say a big 'screw you!' to all of the spam merchants that either I (but much more so Will) have had to delete and ban over this last year! Osu :)
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        Keston Destiny I want to thank Black Belt Wiki for allowing someone like me with no knowledge of karate into your lives. My daughters have been so prosperous on their journey through karate and it's been an enjoyment to be alongside them. I'm proud to say that after 14 trophies, 5 medals, and 5 tournaments my girls will be advancing to yellow belt on June 9th. So I'm very happy for this community and pardon my lack of activity, I do care.
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        Christopher Adamchek Wow, one year already
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        Rachel DS It has been a pleasure leading you astray [171807,Andy] and I mean that in the most innocent way possible. It is important to have a sense of humour at least proportional to one's sense of passion. I have certainly got a lot out of being involved in this online community and hope it kicks on despite the occasional knock out joke from any of us. 😂 O tonjobi emedeto gosaimashita and domo arigato gosaimashita to [171668,Will - Black Belt Wiki] for creating the community!
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      Member's Showcase
      I see videos on here of people at competitions, and various other forms of media. Wouldn't it be nice if we could see each other perform our respective styles/arts? So I'm creating this post just for that, no videos of Chuck Norris roundhousing squirrels or any other videos of non -members.

      Criticism is always welcome but keep it clean and no bullying. Remember we're all different with different levels of skills and athletic ability
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        Al W Me performing Heian Nidan at the 2016 AMA Southern Open in Maidstone Kent


        https://youtube.com/watch?v=HXJff2lIX8o

        This was my first competition and I was nervous as hell
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        Will - Black Belt Wiki Just a quick reminder. This is a wiki "community" and not a martial arts school or blog marketing service. Simple links to your blog or school will be seen as semi-spam and will be deleted.

        Nevertheless, we would be glad to add your school or blog to our school directory or blog directory.

        Will
        Black Belt Wiki
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        (deleted) https://www.facebook.com/andrea.harkins.75/videos/10208985918598175/?l=4067436148721413594

        This is just working out in the back yard!
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      Luca Valdesi - Unsu kata
      Demonstration of Unsu Kata
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        John Luttrell As part of our club's 15th anniversary we had a course on Unsu with Sensei Hazard and Sensei Trimbel it was excellent and we all learned a great deal. If you get a chance to train with either of these gentlemen you will learn a lot.
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        Al W Can anyone help me develop the jump in this kata? I need to learn to perform the Sempu Tobi Geri on both legs for reasons that will remain classified at present
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        Al W If I could be half as good as him then I would count myself lucky
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      Trials & tribulations of running a martial arts school
      What are the major problems of running a martial arts school? Does it involve finding students, accidents, training monotony, weekend schedules, non payers, legal issues, etc.?

      Since we have a number of martial arts school instructors and/or owners in this community (such as [171786,Christopher Adamchek] , [174082,Andrea Harkins The Martial Arts Woman]" , [186241,Nathalie] , [181642,Ced] , [175467,Kenneth Winthrop] , [178814,Patrick Lee] and many others), I thought they might share their "trials & tribulations" in order to educate others.

      Will
      Black Belt Wiki
      http://www.blackbeltwiki.com
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        Nathalie Hello everyone,

        My boyfriend and I operate a kyokushin karate school and I am training 2 teens to become junior black belts and 1 girl who is going for her first dan at the age of 24. This young lady has been avid at our school since 2011. Listening, being present, showing up, training, etc...Now, she trains 5-6 days per week to prep for the big test. I love her determination and she is very sweet.

        The thing is that she is very soft in her movements as in katas, she speaks very low, when she is quizzed, if we can't read lips, we don't get what her answer is and she has never kiai'd in the 5 years that she's been with us. She is very shy and does not socialize with anyone. Not that she has to but there is never a conversation unless someone else engages her, she just picks up her stuff after class and she is gone in a flash.

        I can kind of relate to her because growing up and as a young adult, I was morbidly shy but I made myself get over it and though I get fleeting thoughts of self-doubt sometimes, I don't let those get in my way. I even remember being shy to kiai in class and thinking, after a few years of hearing others just let it all out, that I better get over that one before I get noticed as the one who is scared to kiai so I just do it from the gut, especially since my brown belt level training for my bb test.

        I have explained the meaning of the kiai to the group (oh, and they do it but they hold back so much) (thank you Jesse, btw, for your great articles, I love referring to them) the importance of putting power into their katas plus how important the breathing is as in Sanchin kata . She will nod, agree and just continue to do what she usually does, soft punches and mouth shut, not a sound of breath nor kiai.

        One of my previous instructors who is strict suggested that during the kata part of the test, we should make them all redo the katas over and over until done perfectly (as in our usual way of testing) but make sure all the kiais are heard clearly otherwise this segment won't end.

        My first question is: Is it not a must at this level? and How do I make her feel secure enough to express herself? (believe it or not she has a masters degree in communications).

        Thank you for your attention

        Nathalie
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        Ray Late to the party but.....

        I do not own or run my school. Nor do I have a real say in anything.

        I do have the largest class. My own account for gear with kwon u.s.a. I get everyone set up for tournaments open up most days, and sub for some of the other instructors on a regular basis.

        My biggest obstacle is not owning my own gym.
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        Ced I am confident that between the various opinions you will find what works best for you. Good luck wish you much success.
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      Have you ever encountered a fake black belt?
      Have you ever encountered a fake black belt? While kids have been known to "exaggerate"... have you encountered any adults who have lied about their martial arts experience?

      I am asking because of a video that is going viral that shows a BJJ instructor going off on a fake black belt - http://www.inquisitr.com/2235940/miami-martial-arts-instructor-ruben-alvarez-outed-fake-black-belt-berates-him-to-wear-white-belt-if-he-wants-to-return/

      Will
      Black Belt Wiki
      http://www.blackbeltwiki.com
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        Christopher Adamchek I havent encountered a "fake" black belt
        but i have encountered "black belts" who are definitely not up to par and the result of their school wanting money so they push the student through the ranks to collect promotional fees
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        PAUL (paldo) REYNOLDS Konnichiwa ! This blog has now lost its composure and smells of burn't french fries. Time for a refund and a new batch .
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        Al W "In Okinawa belt mean no need rope to hold up pants"
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      Walls can be used as a martial arts weapon
      Many martial art styles and techniques take advantage of the floor as a weapon but a good solid wall can be just as good a friend to the martial artist in self defence and actual combat situations. Most walls are as solid and unforgiving as the floor and can be used to great effect in the martial arts. An opponent/attacker can be pushed with great force (by using a double open palm thrust to the chest, a technique that anyone familiar with sanchin should be already be versed in), you can catch an oncoming punch or strike and then spin to throw your attacker into a wall, also the effect of most high range kicks or punches can be doubled if you can position yourself so that the attackers head or back will connect with the wall on execution. You can practice some of the pushing or throwing techniques with a partner by placing several mats against a wall but I would only recommend using kicks or punches in conjunction with walls as a means of actual self defence.
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        Superamazingbadgerman Yea, for a complete system, you really do need to understand walls.

        They're a very common surface to have around only a dazed and confused fool wouldn't use, not to mention the fact that if you're in a confined space and someone does something that (hopefully) they'll regret, you're probably gonna get thrown into one (whether anyone intends it to happen or not).

        Obviously, your first resort (or second. or third...) should never be to back into one yourself (unless you'd be completely overwhelmed if you don't), but you need to be able to work with your back to the wall (after having been violently shoved into it by multiple RIPPED attackers) anyway. If a mugger or assassin or extortionist or whoever catches you by surprise (and if they're any good at it, they will), they would (or at least I would) likely slam you against a nearby wall and start threatening you with a knife or a gun or their bare hands or whatever they might have (not that I would do anything like that to you guys). You need answers for that just as effective as your answers for one on one unarmed combat.

        It's also nice to know how to work with one yourself since it's a neutral surface (like the ground) that takes a lot less effort to put someone into. You can more easily submit your attacker to the wall than you can to the ground (though it's less effective and certainly less disorienting), so you should study how you would do that from several positions before you need to do it for real.
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        Andy [171668,Black Belt Wiki] that is a great point Will, and many self defence principles advocate NOT getting backed up against a wall. Another good one if you ever do find yourself pinned against a wall by an attacker is to slide down the wall to create a little space between yourself and your attacker, bring up your knee, place your foot against your attackers hip and then perform a thrust using the wall for extra leverage.
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        Andy [172304,Llewena Carrero], some Jujutsu/BJJ techniques can be modified to work vertically but the laws of gravity apply so many cant, it is still a good extra set of skills to add to your overall martial arts catalogue though :)
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      Teaching combinations
      Hi. I really enjoyed the section on teaching kids. Does anyone have ideas about how to teach 40 combinations, like we have in Shukokai? It is hard for the kids to remember them, and not easy to teach. Open to any ideas!
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        Will - Black Belt Wiki Whoops think I misunderstood. Just looked up Shukokai combinations - these are short kihon.

        Definitely make it into a game. Try breaking the kids into teams and make them compete against each other in doing the combinations correctly.

        Make it fun - throw out the combinations in a different order and if they get it right, you do push-ups! :)

        Will
        Black Belt Wiki
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        Christopher Adamchek incrementally is good focusing on a section but also show them the whole thing each time so they know what it is and dont think that you are treating them like they are little

        simplified bunkai , showing the kids how it works and have them act it out with others

        teach them kata concepts like turning direction and blocking hand that way youre not just correcting them each time or telling them to switch hands but you can help them figure it out by asking them which way they turned

        with kids sometimes its better to let them get the pattern of the whole thing then go back and almost reteach it with added details
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        Will - Black Belt Wiki Hi Fiona

        How do you teach it now? You probably already do this but do you break each kata into "chunks"? For example, do they learn the first 25% of the kata during week one (and get a tape)... and practice the first 50% in week 2, practice first 75% in week 3 and finally the whole kata in week 4?

        Do you teach Shito-Ryu katas or does Shukokai have separate katas?

        What is needed for each kid at different belt level? How many must they know for their black belt?

        Sorry for the thousand questions. :) Just trying to get some more info so people can help you.

        Will
        Black Belt Wiki
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      What is "hard" and "soft" karate styles?
      What does it mean when you see a karate style labeled as "hard" or "soft"? Does hard mean you chew on iron nails for breakfast and soft is tai chi-like? :)

      Seriously, wikipedia labels some karate styles harder than others - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_karate_styles

      Also according to the opinion of karate students (and not wikipedia) - what is the hardest karate style? And what is the softest karate style?

      Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
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        Bryce Hard and soft styles, in my own personal experience, tend to be all about how one approaches blocking. In hard styles (in karate, at least) such as Shotokan, you see blocks which have a lot of power, and the point of these blocks is often not only to avoid injury yourself, but to injure the opponent as well with the power of the block. In order to put up with the impact created by such powerful blocks, practitioners of hard styles will often take part in exercises to toughen up their bodies (see Kyokushin karate).

        Soft styles, on the other hand, tend to focus on staying relaxed during a fight and tend to redirect or avoid their opponent's energy as opposed to directly clashing with it. This means that the blocks themselves only use enough energy to avoid injury, in theory allowing the soft-style practitioner to retain their energy for later in the fight (with enough endurance training and body control their is obviously no difference in endurance levels between practitioners of different styles; this is just the theory). Wado-Ryu karate is one example of a soft style; the style blends the relaxed, circular movements of Japanese jiujutsu with the hard, direct strikes of Japanese karate in a style of movement called Taisabaki (or body shifting). In this, the practitioner shifts away from the opponents strikes using their core, employing their blocking hand merely as a safety measure to ensure that the punch or kick does not redirect (in theory, one could perform this part of taisabaki without moving their arms at all). This places the practitioner away from the opponent's strike, but closer to the opponent themselves, allowing the practitioner to move their shifted body weight into the opponent with their counterattack.

        One of the other black belts once asked my sensei which was better, and in response he said "punch is punch; kick is kick." In other words, both types of martial art can be deadly. It depends on yourself and your teacher, not the style itself.

        (Note: Sorry that the soft style explanation is larger; I am a practitioner of Wado-Ryu, and I have more experience with it than I do the hard styles. I felt I should only explain as far as I understood).
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        SenseiMG For those who wonder why Kyokushin is considered the hardest karate I will give you some answer. Foundator of kyokushin or a main figure like Shigeru Oyama thought that there was no practice without sweat. Also, combat practice was their priority. Courses included training with pads but many movements are done directly on a partner. Talking about the first Kyokushin school in Tokyo, Shigeru Oyama said: « Face punches were allowed at this time. I was surprised to find that everyone had their hands wrapped in towels. Teeth will cut your hands. So everyone had their hands wrapped in towels.» Also, at that time, the hyakunin kumite (fighting against 100 man consecutively) has to be done to become a teacher of this discipline. Today, kyokushin become "softer(!)" in order to keep more students in their rank, but many traditions remains in the actual pratice and in the virtues of kyokushin. There is no more face punches but kick to the head is allowed, hyakunin kumite still exists as the ultimate challenge for those who wish to accomplish it and black belt exams include tameshiwari (breaking techniques) and many kumite (usually between 15 to 20 combats against different opponents for a shodan) in addition to kihons and katas.
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        Andy In practically all martial art (certainly of the oriental variety) hard and soft are both parts of the whole and one cannot be practiced without the other, Kata is considered a 'soft' technique (though it does incorporate many hard elements) because it involves visualisation, timing, accuracy (all soft/internal elements that should also be applied to sparring and other hard external elements). The thing is that it is generally a misconception (perpetuated by the Ashida Kim's of the martial arts world) that there are specific hard and soft styles. Take Tai Chi, it is often taught and practised by old ladies in village halls as a healthy exercise, there is however a real combat (hard) application of genuine Tai Chi and in it's hard element it is a devastating martial art. In Karate,Kata should also be practised under dynamic/isometric tension to strengthen the internal and external parts of the body which is another reason why Kata are included in the soft aspect of training.
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      Where are all the karate women?
      I would like to connect with other women in MA. I train in traditional Japanese / Okinawan karate and am very often the only XX in class. I would like to connect with other like minded women who think it isn't crazy to train in MA.
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        Carman Cole I believe as a woman the key to getting us in karate is our families. Finding ways to connect with our children and spend time with them. Showing our family how to be loyal, patient, and respect esp.with my two boys, is so important. Families that practice together stay together. 😄
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        (deleted) p.s. personally, I would love to see more woman participate in karate and martial arts regardless of the distinctions I mention - the more folks the merrier I say.
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        Dr. Elizabeth Mattke Howdy! I'm kinda new here...kinda not, but I'm a martial arts woman whom will be testing next week for my orange belt in Okinawan Kempo Karate looking forward to it. I have my 1stances degree black belt in Krav Maga. Blessings.
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